Firstly I wish to thank Sarah Hardy of Bloodhound Books for inviting me to take part on this Blog Blitz for PRESSURE by Betsy Reavley
When the submarine departed, none of the ten people on board knew it would turn into a nightmare.
Trapped on the sunken vessel on the bottom of the ocean and unable to escape, one of them is discovered dead. The tension escalates as the survivors realise there is a murderer among them, who is preparing to strike again and again…
With mounting desperation, people begin to turn on each other. While they struggle to identify who is responsible, each must contend with their own past, the claustrophobia and the secrets they are hiding.
But who is who? And which of them will be next to die?
Below the surface, the pressure is building and time is running out…
‘Betsy Reavley is back with a novel of such impact and power; nothing is clear, the tension so strong it holds you from the first page to the last. Pressure delivers on every level, leaving breathless readers in its wake.’ Bestselling author of Captor and 34 Days Anita Waller
HERE ARE MY THOUGHTS AND REVIEW
When washed up film director Frank Holden decides to make one last attempt to reach the top of the film industry again, he tries to do it on the cheap with newbies and has-beens. He really is a sleaze ball that will make your skin crawl and your blood boil! Money is money though and if it puts food on the table and an actor’s face on the big screen, then with so many just wanting that one lucky break, there are people willing to grab the opportunity with both hands.
The filming is to take place on a submarine, again done on the cheap, with a bloke who knows a bloke and before too long a major fault develops rendering it useless on the sea bed. What began as an aliens living under the sea adventure film quickly turns into an underwater disaster movie with a maniac on board. Oh boy, can they work out who is really playing ten little Indians before it is too late?
As the story develops it dips back and forth between present day and the past, with each of the characters having their own chapter, for you to find out about them and how they came to take these acting roles. But in amongst it all is the voice of the child. It could be disturbing for those that have trouble reading about child abuse and neglect but it is a necessity. I didn’t particularly take to any of the main characters but I was fascinated with the story line. The most reasonable person can snap under pressure if pushed too much and pressure is mounting up from everywhere. If you are looking for a read with an unusual setting then welcome aboard the Pica Explorer. Just bring along your own supply of oxygen.
This is a stand alone read, loved the end!
HERE IS A LITTLE ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Author of The Quiet Ones, The Optician’s Wife, Frailty, Carrion, Beneath the Watery Moon and the poetry collection The Worm in the Bottle. Betsy was born in Hammersmith, London.
As a child she moved around frequently with her family, spending time in London, Provence, Tuscany, Gloucestershire and Cambridgeshire.
She showed a flair for literature and writing from a young age and had a particular interest in poetry, of which she was a prolific consumer and producer.
In her early twenties she moved to Oxford, where she would eventually meet her husband. During her time in Oxford her interests turned from poetry to novels and she began to develop her own unique style of psychological thriller.
Betsy says “I believe people are at their most fascinating when they are faced by the dark side of life. This is what I like to write about.”
Betsy Reavley currently lives in London, with her husband, 2 children, dog, cat and chickens.